Prince Naseem  ‘threatened to knock out Strictly’s Anton Du Beke’

Prince Naseem ‘threatened to knock out Strictly’s Anton Du Beke after dancer made a jibe about his weight as ex sportsman says ‘you don’t f*** with boxing royalty b***h’

Ex boxer Prince Naseem Hamed allegedly threatened to knock-out Strictly’s Anton Du Beke after the dancer made a jibe about his weight, reports The Sun.

The former world champion boxer, 44, and ballroom dancer, 52, are said to have engaged in a war of words after Anton joked about the sportsman’s weight during his hosting duties at the  Nordoff Robbins Boxing Dinner in London on Monday.

Anton joked Prince Naseem would have trouble ‘getting up the stairs’ to climb into the ring, to which the boxer is said to have responded: ‘I would hit you boy.’


War of words: Ex boxer Prince Naseem Hamed (R) allegedly threatened to knock-out Strictly’s Anton Du Beke (L) after the dancer made a jibe about his weight, reports The Sun 

The boxing legend collected an award presented by promoter Frank Warren, 66, and it was there that he reportedly unleashed the full force of his vitriol against Anton, saying ‘you don’t f**k with boxing royalty b***h’.      

According to the website, he said: ‘ Why are we here tonight? It is about the icon baby.  It is about the icon award. It is not about this fool [pointing at Anton] here. 


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I have got the microphone now b***h. I have got the microphone.

‘So before you come out with all the fat jokes always remember you don’t f**** with boxing royalty b***h.

Ill-timed: The former world champion boxer, 44, and ballroom dancer, 52, are said to have engaged in a war of words after Anton joked about the sportsman’s weight during his hosting duties at the Nordoff Robbins Boxing Dinner in London on Monday

Thanking Nordoff Robbins for the award, he concluded his speech, with an onlooker commenting that things looked like they were about to ‘kick off’ between the pair.   

Speaking after the confrontation, Anton is said to have played down the incident, saying he ‘felt good’ and that he could have squared up to Prince Naseem. He added that the boxer was ‘alright.’ 

An unimpressed Naseem commented that the joke ‘did not land in the right way.’ 

Naseem said: ‘I don’t know if that is showbusiness. I made it clear what I said. The joke did not land in the right way. ‘ 

Fury: The boxing legend collected an award presented by promoter Frank Warren, 66, and it was there that he reportedly unleashed the full force of his vitriol against Anton, saying ‘you don’t f**k with boxing royalty b***h’ (pictured in 2016)

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Prince Naseem and Anton for comment.  

The former British boxer retired in 2002 following chronic problems with his hands and has seemingly enjoyed life out of the ring, now a long way from his featherweight years.

His most notorious entrances included him flying over an arena on a flying carpet, driving up in a car, being carried on a palanquin and re-enacting Michael Jackson’s thriller video.  

Prince Naseem – who stands at only 5 ft 4 and weighed less than 10 stone in his heyday – was also renowned for somersaulting his way into the ring.

Host: Speaking after the confrontation, Anton is said to have played down the incident, saying he ‘felt good’ and that he could have squared up to Prince Naseem. He added that the boxer was ‘alright’ (pictured at the event in 2012)

1996: The former British boxer retired in 2002 following chronic problems with his hands and has seemingly enjoyed life out of the ring, now a long way from his featherweight years

He became Britain’s youngest world champion in 1995 aged just 21, winning 36 of his 37 professional fights, losing only to Marco Antonio Berrera in 2001. 

The sportsman first started piling on the pounds after he was involved in a serious car accident in 2006.  

He was jailed for causing the 90-mph three-car collision, in which another driver suffered fractures to every major bone in his body.

The star left prison after 16 weeks looking noticeably bigger.  

Following his retirement from the sport he oversees a management company with offices in LA and London.

Legend: He became Britain’s youngest world champion in 1995 aged just 21, winning 36 of his 37 professional fights, losing only to Marco Antonio Berrera in 2001

 

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